External Support Groups / Charities
Here are some additional charities and support groups outwith Finding Your Feet, some of which are specifically for children affected by amputation or limb difference. There are also lots of support groups on Facebook, including local/regional groups.
BrAG was set up by Finding Your Feet as an alliance of amputee support groups. It's for representatives from every charity, group, and Facebook group, which is solely in existence to support the amputee community in the UK to come together and share what we're doing for the benefit of the amputee community.
The Limbless Association
The Limbless Association is a national charity with over 30 years experience supporting amputees in the UK. The Limbless Association established the Limb Loss Legal Panel; a consortium of leading law firms in the UK specialising in personal injury, clinical negligence and legal cases where catastrophic injury and amputation occur. Its aim was to provide Limbless Association members with the highest quality legal advice, on a free initial-consultation basis.
Steel Bones is a voluntary charity working to connect the amputee community, create friendships and provide an extensive proactive support network. They share the latest news on stump health; promote healthy and active lifestyles; signpost useful services, therapists, personal trainers and sports clubs as well as providing flexible career opportunities through partners and associates.
The Amputation Foundation
The Amputation Foundation can assist amputees with a long list of support needs and information that will be relevant to starting a new life as an amputee which will include:
- benefits information
- legal information
- prosthetic centre advice and information
- education, retraining and much more.
LimbPower was launched in November 2009 to engage amputees and individuals with limb impairments in physical activity, sport and the arts to improve quality of life and to aid lifelong rehabilitation.
Reach is a UK charity helping children with upper limb differences live life without limits. They recognise that different families want different levels of support, and tailor their approach to suit them. Reach provides resources, support and practical advice for families.
Steps is a national charity working for all those whose lives are affected by childhood lower limb conditions. Steps provide families with information, guidance and support. This might be following ante-natal diagnosis of a serious leg condition at the 20 week scan; it might be in the early weeks or months of a child’s life, when a significant problem has been identified; it could be during treatment, when nothing seems to be going right; or it might be in the years after apparently successful treatment, when further complications have arisen.
Limbs4Kids are an Australian organisation offering advice and support for children and young people with limb differences and their families. Here is a really useful factsheet they have prepared on helping pupils understand limb difference.